Now that Bonfire night is out of the way I thought I would start working on some posts from my monthly look ahead. First up to cross off the look ahead list is my Christmas Organisation Hints and Tips!
Before the preparation of Christmas starts, you need to have a clear idea of what you want to achieve, how much you want to spend and where you want to spend it. This list I have complied is the same I use myself each and every year and without it, I don’t think I would ever manage to get my Christmas sorted!
Organisation is something I love and do on a daily basis, at Christmas, my organisation starts with a List Of Lists, Move over Twilight Sparkle!
This is where it gets crazy, It’s list inception! Proceed with caution! (Actually, don’t, please continue reading, you might find some useful stuff and that would make me feel like less of a weird organisation obsessed freak!)
People to buy for.
Family – Who?
Friends – Who? Is it necessary?
Children’s friends – Who? Is it necessary? Can you buy for one and not for all or will you have to buy for people you don’t want to to avoid any issues?
Co-workers – Who? Is it necessary? Would it be easier to buy for your workplace rather than individuals?
Any one else? Is it necessary?
Family – Who?
Friends – Who?
Children’s friends – Who?
Co-Workers – Who?
Teachers – Who?
Neighbours – Who?
Random – (Milk man, Post man, Litter collectors, Gardeners?) Who?
ADD THEM ALL UP, HOW MANY CARDS DO YOU NEED? Should you buy packs for different groups in different price categories? (go cheaper for the kids/co workers? They get binned anyway!)
ARE YOU COOKING AT HOME THIS CHRISTMAS?
YES – HOW MANY PEOPLE?
Starters – What? What ingredients are needed?
Main – What? What ingredients are needed?
Dessert – What? What ingredients are needed?
Drinks – Alcoholic – What? // Non Alcoholic – What?
NO – WHAT ARE YOU PLANNING ON EATING OVER THE HOLIDAYS? Are you just going to do normal shopping and eat as usual or treat yourself to different foods? – What foods?
ARE YOU DOING A COLD MEAT SPREAD ON BOXING DAY?
YES – What do you want with it? (Crackers, cheese, pickled onions, pickle, sauces, sprinkles, breads, drinks, spreadables, pátés, fruits, sweet treats, ETC ??)
NO – What are you eating on boxing day? – Cater for laziness, we all like to slop about on boxing day. Think ready meals / left overs / quick and easy stuff.
WILL YOU BE HAVING VISITORS?
YES – Will you be providing food for them?
YES – What are their appetites like? What foods are you planning on serving, cold/hot?
What drinks? How long are they staying? Will they need more than one meal? Add Appropriate foods to your shopping list.
NO – Don’t worry.
NO – Do nothing.
USE ‘PEOPLE TO BUY FOR’ LIST HERE.
WHAT IS YOUR BUDGET? (££.££)
Write an amount you’d like to spend next to each name – Add it all up.
Is it in budget?
YES – good. Go forth and shop until you drop!
NO – ask yourself;
*Is it necessary to spend that much or can you get away with spending less on certain people?
*Are you buying for the sake of buying?
*Are you putting too much money next to names that don’t need the extra spending?
If you can’t alter your list, work out if you can find cheaper prices online, compare eBay/Amazon ETC. Google the product, is it cheaper from somewhere else?
*Can you swap branded for non-branded?
Go back over the list and alter the prices and see if you can get everyone in and under budget.
Get the house in ship Shape!
Mow the lawn – Weather permitting.
Have a huge clear out – Clothes, toys, shoes, anything you’ve been holding onto in the hope you would use but haven’t, old make up, old underwear, clear out tool boxes, clear our the shed, clear out any cupboards you throw stuff into to forget about. Got anything that can be donated? Give it away!
Have a deep clean –
*Hoover in AND under the sofa. *THE HORROR!*
*Clean and Clear the kitchen cupboards – anything need replacing before you cook for Christmas?
*Clean the fridge.
*Clear out the freezer of all the stuff you wont eat now. (Like that fish finger that’s been floating around since April! BIN IT!)
ANY D.I.Y THAT NEEDS DOING? Would it be handy to have it done in time for Christmas? GET IT DONE!
Get all your decorations out and test all your lights. Are they all working properly, do you need to replace any bulbs?
Give your tree a once over. Has it seen it’s day? Is it still fully functioning? If it needs replacing, look online for new ones. If it doesn’t need replacing, great!
Are your other decorations all okay? do you need to replace anything?
Are you thinking of buying more but you don’t actually need too?
Buying for the sake of buying? Put it back on the shelf LOL!
USE ‘PEOPLE TO BUY FOR’ AND ‘BUDGET’ LISTS HERE.
Who’s having what? – how much is it? Is it in the set budget for this person?
Do they actually need/want it?
Would they appreciate what you’re getting or would a gift voucher be better? (thinking of the teens and adults in that one.)
For the people with longer gift lists, Like the kids;
*do they need it?
*Is it necessary? are you being impulsive?
*Is it cheaper elsewhere? / Does it have a non-branded version you could buy?
*Have they asked for it?
And lastly, don’t forget your OWN list! Did you have to get rid of any clothes or shoes because they were worn out? Did you have to get rid of any make up or toiletries because they were out of date? ASK FOR MORE!
Do you need anything specific? have you had something on your eBay watch list for months? PUT IT ON YOUR LIST!
Men, do you need anything for work? do you need any new shoes, trainers, clothes or underwear? Any new tools? Put it on your list!
Anything you want for a hobby you have? Anything you need for the new year? ASK FOR IT!
My belief is that you should always have a list much longer than you expect to receive, that way people who are buying for you have the option to choose a variation of things that can fit into their budget and also, you wont know for sure what you’re going to get until the big day.
Christmas is about everyone, this includes YOU, Mr or Mrs In-Charge-Of-Christmas!
Never forget that Christmas is the time everyone gets to have something nice.
Make sure you get what something nice too!
Well, that was just madness! I hope there is something you can take away from my crazy, overloaded list!
Anything you would add?
As always, thanks for reading!